Lake Cherokee District

Lake Cherokee District

The Lake Cherokee District is one of the oldest in downtown Orlando. Originally called Lake Evie and later known as Lake Minnie, the area started as homes built on the shores of Lake Cherokee. Today the Lake Cherokee District is one of the most sought after places to live in the downtown Orlando area.Lake Cherokee District

The district officially became a historic district in 1981 but the earliest settlers began to build homes here in the 1870’s. The first home on Lake Cherokee was built by newlyweds John Poyntz and his bride Minnie. Shortly after John’s brother and new wife built a home on the lake and began a trend of newlyweds building homes on the shore which earned the five homes the name of “Honeymoon Row”. Two of the five houses on Honeymoon Row still stand today. Another popular historic sight in Lake Cherokee is the Doctor Phillips house on Lake Lucerne.

Homes in Lake Cherokee are built in a number of styles popular to the time period in which they where built. In the 1920’s when this area had its biggest boom many craftsman style bungalows, Mediterranean, Tudor, and Colonial Revival homes were built. The 30’s and 40’s brought a rise in Art Deco architecture. This historic district tells a story of the ages of the early 20th century through architecture. There are many amazing lake front properties along the shores of Lake Cherokee the most popular being sprawling historic mansions. Homes in the Lake Cherokee District start at $300,000 and go up to around $1.3 million.

Lake Cherokee is an active community. There are neighborhood trails, and a park on the lake both are used frequently by residents. Many people also fish on Lake Cherokee. Just blocks from Lake Cherokee’s center are the Thornton Park and South Eola districts full of some of downtown Orlando’s trendiest boutiques and restaurants. The East/West Expressway also runs through this district giving quick access to the highway.

The Lake Cherokee District is a perfect neighborhood for those who want a small piece of a suburban-like atmosphere close to amenities. For more information on homes in the Lake Cherokee District contact a buyer’s agent.

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